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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Wednesday, Oct. 19.
We are talking about policies
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz clarified his stance on committed recruits visiting other programs at his Tuesday news conference.
“I don’t think you can enforce it,” Ferentz said. “You can have policies. It’s kind of like some of the things in our building, I tease our coaches sometimes, there’s policies and then there’s rules. Policies are policies. You can break policies. There’s no penalty. But rules are rules.”
It sounds like a procedural debate that would break out on the senate floor, alas, it’s just college football recruiting. This is nearly a season-long issue for Iowa.
Ferentz prefers that Iowa commitments don’t visit other programs. It been a longstanding policy — not a rule — with the Hawkeyes. Years ago, a coach could get away with using a heavy hand and dropping any commit if he visited elsewhere. It’s a harder move to do with the nature of modern-day recruiting, where prospects are recruited at a younger age, coaches recruit over committed players in a class, and more recruiting information than ever gets reported.
Ferentz didn’t seem like he particularly wanted to discuss the subject, but it’s an issue that’s not going anywhere as long as Iowa recruits are taking other visits or bringing up the idea of taking visits.
This is how recruiting operates today. Steadfast rules don’t work as well with the current generation of players. It’s the way things are and it’s part of the reason why Ferentz can’t make a moratorium on other visits.
So what is Iowa to do? Each commit is judged independently of the others.
“We just have to decide,” Ferentz said. “It’s like anything else, you just decide every individual case and kind of go from there. I think it’s good to have policies and beliefs, and hopefully everybody that’s on board is on board and goes with us.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that this quote means higher-rated recruits will get more leeway. There are always perks with being a top 100 recruit. That’s not a modern-day policy.
Reading the injury tea leaves
Ferentz provided updates on the various key injuries on Tuesday. Tight end George Kittle is a “longshot” with a leg injury. Offensive tackles Cole Croston and Brandon Myers, who are both dealing with foot injuries, “have a shot” to play.
It’s not an overly optimistic report, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see any, or all three play. No. 10 Wisconsin is a big game this week.
It’s a de facto elimination game in the division race. The Hawkeyes need as many of their big guns on the field as possible. They also have a bye week after the Badgers. It would provide time for injuries to heal.
Home sweet home
Dallas Clark is a new farmer. It might not be his only new business venture. It sounds like he’s itching for enough demand to start a milk delivery venture.
“I mean, this is home,” Clark said. “If you want me to just pick up groceries or something, just give me a reason to come back to Iowa City and I’ll come back.”
The former Iowa tight end was in town on Tuesday because he’s being honored on the America Needs Farmers Wall of Fame this week.
Clark lives near his hometown of Livermore, Iowa, which is about three hours from Iowa City. The drive doesn’t bother him. So if you have an errand to run and don’t want to do it, get in touch with Clark. Sounds like he’d love to do it.
Setting the curve
It’s probably not a surprise to learn an Iowa blocker was named to the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten team from this past weekend. The Hawkeyes did rush for 365 yards after all.
It probably is surprising to learn it was fullback Drake Kulick who took home the honor.
That’s not meant as a slight on Kulick. It’s just fullback isn’t the first position to pop up when thinking of a dominating running performance.
Also, Iowa cornerback Desmond King earned one of the top two Big Ten cornerback grades last week. The fact he made the All-Big Ten team shouldn’t be a surprise either.